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THE COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCIPLINE will host nine teams from four regional schools (including three teams from UMM) during this Saturday's (Nov. 13) ACM Regional Programming Contest. The event will be held in the Science building atrium. A total of 16 schools from Nebraska to Ontario will host over 200 teams across the region, all working to solve as many of the assigned programming problems as possible in a five-hour period. The highest scoring team in the region will advance to the International Finals, to be held in Shanghai, China, in April 2005.

FACULTY AND STAFF DRESSED UP AS SUPERHEROES last Thursday to symbolize their pride in the student body, more than 80% of whom voted in the Nov. 2 election. Professor Paula O'Loughlin's American Government class came up with the idea.

Accomplishments

Math students Ben Peterson, Katie Sullivan, and Bill Cox were recognized recently for their performances at the 64th annual Putnam Math Competition, an exceedingly difficult competition in which students compete in teams of three by solving as many math problems as they can in a period of six hours. The UMM team placed 71st out of 479 schools from the U.S. and Canada — an outstanding accomplishment among competing institutions such as Harvard and M.I.T. Peterson scored in the top 500 out of over 3,500 students. Sullivan and Cox each placed in the top 1,000 students. UMM will again send a team of three students to this year’s competition, which takes place in December.

Tickets on sale now at the PRCA Cultural Center for “The Santaland Diaries” a one-person show by David Sedaris, performed by Ray Schultz, theater. Two performances: November 18, 8 p.m. at Old #1 Southside, tickets are $10. November 19, a dinner theater performance at Common Cup with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. tickets are $22.50. The meal features items from the Macy’s restaurant. A vegetarian option is available. “The Santaland Diaries” is a hilariously biting tale of Sedaris’ time working as an elf at Macy’s. NOTE: Tickets for the November 19 dinner/theater performance must be purchased by November 12. Limited seating (40-42).

The Lake Region Arts Council will display a themed “Artistic Expression of Music” exhibit through January 14, 2005, at the LRAC Gallery in the River Inn Bldg, 133 South Mill Street in Fergus Falls. The exhibit features artwork from Michael Eble (studio art, UMM), Marilyn Edmonds, Tricia Coulson, Vicki Larson, Gretchen Farnberg, Sandy O’Brien, and Grace Moje. The artists took their inspiration from music performed by regional musicians The Granary Girls, Matt Dingo (music, UMM), Christopher Ray, and Heidi Jahr. A reception for the artists will be held at the Gallery on December 5, 2004 from 1 to 3 p.m. Musicians will perform songs from the exhibit. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact the LRAC office at 1-800/262-2787 or e-mail: lrac4@charterinternet.com.


Announcements

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing this Saturday evening, Nov 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm. We will be looking at star clusters and nebulae this time. In case of clouds (or worse), the event will occur the following week, November 20, at the same time.

Open Enrollment for staff and faculty University benefits ends at midnight Monday, Nov. 15. To complete enrollment, go to http://hrss.umn.edu, click on "Benefits," and log in with your Internet ID and password. Members of the UMM community may call Sarah Mattson, Human Resources, ext. 6021, for assistance.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the web site: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/OfficeHours.html the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

A Grants Orientation Workshop for new faculty and staff, as well as anyone else who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - noon in the Science Conference Room 3500. To accommodate schedules, the workshop will again be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m., also in the Science Conference Room 3500. Don't miss this opportunity to receive an overview of the services offered by the Grants Development Office and the process for applying for grants at UMM, as well as some tips for seeking funding. Snacks will be served! Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, mail to: bolluytr@umn.edu or 589-6465.

Chancellor Sam Schuman will be the guest on the Thursday, Nov. 18, “Community Connection” program, which airs on KMRS-1230 AM, from 8:45-9 a.m.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on November 20 and January 8. If you are an Elementary Education student planning to graduate in 2007 OR are a Secondary Education student planning to graduate in 2006 you MUST take this test no later than the January 8 test date to meet application deadlines. The January registration form should be postmarked before November 19th. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2006: All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Jan. 28. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).

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